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03-25-2014, 08:10 AM
Alright, what the hell. Might as well go public with these.

I like to draw, though I'm pretty aware I'm not really good at it. I mean, I think I draw faces fairly well and have a pretty consistent style, but anything else turns out pretty bleh :p But that's fine as I mainly just draw characters from my stories and I just need this to visualize them better. Also, most of the time I draw during class, so it's mostly in pen and not on blank paper, because I'm sloppy like that :D

Hopefully you can give me some nice feedback. Basically, I would like to know how I can pose characters, because I'm really dreadful at that, despite having that poseable wooden man on my shelf, and maybe this will make you guys want to read my stuff! :love: (shameless Fynn is shameless, I know)

Alright, so first up, here's Griff, one of the main characters from the novel I'm working on (you can read the first draft of the first two chapters of it here (http://home.eyesonff.com/timber-maniacs-hq/154665-fools-journey-excerpt-my-novel.html) :D)





And here are some characters from a story I posted once in the writing prompts thread, then later on my blog (http://lionswritingstories.blogspot.com/) after some editing.







And lastly, here's Evie from a story that hasn't made it to the blog yet.



So let me know what you think. I know there's always room for improvement and even though I don't want to do anything serious with this, I still want to get better.

Oh, and I will probably be posting more of these, as I basically always doodle in class :exdee:

03-25-2014, 08:38 AM
These are great. Especially the first two and the last two.

03-25-2014, 12:30 PM
Just dug up some old stuff!

Here's more Griff (I really like to draw him, as you can see :exdee:).




Just experimenting with some facial expressions here. Here's a drowsy Griff:


And here is his monster-fighting partner/best buddy - Daniel!


(I apologize for the bluriness of some of these, I still don't know how to effectively take photos with my phone)



And here's a chibi version of the main protagonist - Hippolyte!


Alright, here's some more Evie.


And this is her beau, Chuck.


Chuck likes to grow his facial hair out a bit.


Evie prefers him clean-shaven, though.


Much to his dismay...

Finally, here's a character I prepared as part of a D&D campaign that will probably never take place. I've actually prepared a lot of these characters, where they would help move the plot forward, but depending on how involved with them the party decides to be. Heck, they were even meant to be romanceable :D So here's a pretty important character. A young wizard, blessed by Mystra, a heavy burden on his shoulders. Oh, and it's a guy :D He's 18 and has been locked up in a tower for his whole life.


03-25-2014, 04:41 PM
Your drawings all look really great, Fynn :D

03-25-2014, 06:19 PM
Alright, now for something different. As you'll notice, these are not school doodles. It's something I did today, I call them "promo shots" for my book :D Basically some characters from my book stuck at different poses with cliche taglines added for drama. I really stepped out of my comfort zone for this one. Hope it paid off, though I'm pretty sure they still need lots of work.

Oh, and you'll also notice they're scanned. No more bluriness! :D




Black Magic Shopkeeper
03-25-2014, 07:37 PM
aagh your character designs are so nice~

Ace Protorney
03-25-2014, 10:14 PM
You have some really good stuff here, Fynn. The character designs are quite solid, where each character can be easily recognized. I don't really have much advice to give, though I think that the tilt of the umbrella bothers me a little bit, I think it might be that it's not wide enough.

03-25-2014, 11:30 PM
Griff and Evie continue to be my favorites. I noticed some of these images are kind of on the blurry side which makes it hard to make out some of the drawings. Any idea what's causing that?

03-26-2014, 12:59 AM
You draw in margins a lot; it would be nice to see what you can do with fuller sheets of paper. Your last post shows a little of that, but those are still barebones. While you have character designs down, maybe some work on background art would help fill out your drawings. I definitely dig your characters' expressions. Keep it up.

03-26-2014, 01:16 AM
These are pretty solid fynny :D You should do some finishing touches on those last couple drawings ;) Also, hand proportions need work. But hands are hard for just about everyone, including myself!

03-26-2014, 04:31 AM
Wow your style is so cute! It's kinda cartoony kinda not? I really like the style. I can see it in animation.

It reminds me of a deviant artist (http://real-faker.deviantart.com/gallery/)I follow actually!

Looks like you got faces down really well. Bodies, a little less so but the more you draw the better you get and you're already doing amazingly. I can't wait to see more of your work!

03-26-2014, 06:27 AM
Thank you for all the hard work and advice! I'll try to work on backgrounds more, but those always kinda sucked for me. Still, practice makes perfect, right? I'll also try to sit down and draw someone with a proportionate body, we'll see how it goes. I have some old full-body sketches lying in my file, but I'm still kinda weary about those. Next time I might even sit down and ink something.

Any tips or tutorials on coloring, by the way? I wanted to get there someday, but the magazine that I used to learn to draw went out of print before they got to colors. It would be cool if I could do it digitally, but I have no idea where to start, what software to use, plus, I don't even have a tablet PC.

Anyway, here are some characters shion prompted me to draw. They're all from FF, so they should be recognizable. Then again, two of them are furries, which I'd never drawn before that :/




03-27-2014, 02:08 PM
I did not intend to draw Fran today. But I did. It was sorta meant to be based on this piece of artwork (http://www.creativeuncut.com/gallery-02/ff12-misc10.html), but I drew here from memory, so a lot of details are off.


03-31-2014, 04:05 AM
Aw that's an adorable fran! :D

03-31-2014, 03:38 PM
Today, I drew Griff with his younger sister Ofelia during class.



Anyway, got some suggestions on who to draw from shion, so that's who I'll be working on next ;) If any of you have any ideas for me, let me know!

Ace Protorney
03-31-2014, 04:18 PM
I really like your style and how you can manage it using a pen. I always end up needing to erase when I draw, so it's rather quite impressive.

03-31-2014, 04:36 PM
I can only do that with a fountain pen, though. Anything else and not even the faces look good anymore. There's sonething really fluid abou them, something that has always made me despise even writing with a ball pen.

Plus, thick lines give me lots of room for error :exdee:

04-01-2014, 06:17 PM
Some more character for that D&D campaign I had in plan.

This is Gerda. I envisioned her as a character who needs to break away from her past and just establish her own identity.


Alder and Victor are half-brothers who care very deeply for each other. Even though they're technically of different race. The main problem here is that their mother was human. Her first lover was an elf. After he died, she had a fling with a halforc (so basically that makes Victor a quarter-orc). Victor actually has very little orc genes in him, so he's very calm and timid at times, hairless, fair-skinned and sandy-haired like his brother. He is, however, as big as regular halforcs and his face is as disfigured. This makes him not fit in with either humans or orcs. That, and the fact that he is destined to live a much shorter life, is the reason Alder actually resents any other people, even though on the surface he's a very nice guy.

Also, Victor is one of those characters I just really like to draw :exdee:


He dual-wields katanas, so I thought it might be neat if he later got the weapons master prestige class and be wearing all samurai style clothing. :love:


04-01-2014, 06:25 PM
Very nice! I enjoy your art style, it looks great :jess:

04-02-2014, 05:46 AM
Very cute! You're very good at headshots. I'd like to see more full body shots though! I'm sure Victor the Half orc Half Barbarian would be a big dude.

04-02-2014, 06:07 AM
I should practice full-body shots more, but I don't really have that much time for that nowadays and I am afraid that would only frustrate me because I really can't draw them, so I come full circle :onoes: It's really simpler with faces because I can draw those on margins, while bodies need more planning.

Ace Protorney
04-02-2014, 08:33 AM
Yeah, full bodies do end up requiring more time and effort to accomplish.

04-02-2014, 08:35 AM
I second that the headshots are great and look on in envy.

04-02-2014, 07:30 PM
I'll try to do a full-body Victor tomorrow and we'll see how it turns out ;) I've got some overdue prompts from shion, so I'll need to get on that as well!

05-12-2014, 07:28 PM
It's been a while! I haven't had the time to sit down and draw, but I have some more doodles of my regular characters that I've done during class!

Here's the cast of my "Crosswords" series, done in a bit more cutesy style:



Some close-ups of their eyes:


One more Jess, because I can:


One more Freddie, because I wanted to see how he would look like in glasses. I figured he'd need them as he works with computers a lot, so he is just a tad bit short-sighted, just not enough to wear them at all times.


And two more of Ian because I just love drawing him :love:


Alright, here's Griff's sister Ofelia again:


And this is Angela - one of the protagonists of my new sci-fi series:


And coming back to my D&D chars, first a cutesy group shot (still not all characters, though)



Here's Gerda the Paladin, post-important haircut:


And Victor the halforc because he's my favorite :love:


05-12-2014, 07:32 PM
These are all excellent! I especially like the cutsier style :jess:

Miss Mae
05-13-2014, 03:05 AM
Your art style is awesome Fynn - I'm surprised I hadn't seen this thread before.

Rocket Edge
05-13-2014, 02:12 PM
You have a true animators style of art. I love the medium you use and the effect it gives. This is great work!

05-15-2014, 05:55 PM
New batch!

First up, two of shion's original characters. Hoping this can help her get back on track with her novel ;)



And now for some prompts that shion gave me! Boy, do I suck at these :D

First there's Xiao from Dark Cloud:


Now, Vivi


And... Ugh... :eep:


Now, lastly, some of you may know I've been playing some Tactics Ogre recently. So here I present to you the awesomeness of the Phoraena sisters!


05-15-2014, 05:58 PM
Your drawings are excellent Fynn :jess:

Selphie is my favorite :3:

Miss Mae
05-16-2014, 02:37 AM
All very cool. Vivi is adorable!

05-21-2014, 03:30 PM
Alright. So today I needed to blow off some steam, so I sat down and drew a full-body picture of Ian.


That plaid shirt was a nightmare to draw :onoes: But I am pretty satisfied with the end result. What do you guys think?

Miss Mae
05-21-2014, 04:51 PM
Looks super awesome Fynn. Love your style.

05-21-2014, 05:57 PM
Wow, that's amazing, great job!

Ace Protorney
05-21-2014, 06:00 PM
You have a great style, like others have pointed out before. I really like your work. :)

05-22-2014, 03:41 PM
So today I sat down and drew not one but TWO characters! :eek:

I don't think any of them is as good as Ian, but hey, let me know what you think. The main problem for me is that Ian turned out perfect for me - he looked exactly the way I imagined him. For Jess and Freddie - they're close, but just not there yet.

So here's Jess:


And Freddie:


Also, a reupload of Ian scanned in a higher resolution, so that he matches the quality of the other two.


And I don't know why, but my scanner does this weird thing where it whites out stripes off the picture. I don't know what I can do about it :(

05-22-2014, 05:24 PM
I think they all look great Fynn :jess:

05-29-2014, 07:50 PM
Fynn these are great! Your skill level is totally awesome enough to draw a comic! I would really like to see you make it in your style. I love how you draw the faces!

06-17-2014, 12:21 PM
Alright, so I've decided I wanted to learn how to color. And although I believe I have failed spectacularly (not only have I little colored pencils, but also I completely suck at this), I present to you a colored version of Griff's face.


Miss Mae
06-17-2014, 12:49 PM
The eyes are really rad. :jess: I quite like your style to be honest, even if you aren't all that impressed with your own colouring. I think it looks cool and sketchy. You can only get better though!

06-17-2014, 01:47 PM
Wow looks great Fynn :jess:

Ace Protorney
06-17-2014, 02:03 PM
Not a bad attempt at all! Keep at it! :)

06-17-2014, 07:15 PM
I mostly don't like how the skin turned out. I have nothing remotely similar to a flesh-colored pencil - heck, I don't even have pink. I had to resort to a mixture of yellow, orange, magenta and brown. Brown was actually a past-minute decision, but I don't regret it, since Griff is kinda supposed to have this olive-skin thing going on. But yeah, if it was a paler character, I'd be screwed. Also, I notice it's very patchy. I need more colored pencils and I need to work on this.

06-19-2014, 06:46 PM
Studying for exams so OF COURSE I had to draw something. :roll2

At least Freddie's face is getting more and more consistent.



Also: damn, my dudes have really thick eyebrows!

06-20-2014, 01:39 AM
I haven't checked this in awhile....I love those full character shots! You have a great understanding of drawing clothing/where the wrinkles would fall. Nice work!

06-20-2014, 05:29 AM
Thanks for all the feedback, guys! And good to see you again, starlet! :love:

06-22-2014, 04:29 PM
More exam time doodlings!







No Freddie this time. He got way too much attention the last time :exdee:

Miss Mae
06-23-2014, 02:23 AM
Goodness, Fynn - focus! :exdee: The scribbles are great though.

06-23-2014, 02:27 AM
Oh mine! I like them!! Awesome work! :bigsmile:

07-15-2014, 06:27 PM
I think that your art looks very good! I like how you keep notes with your sketches. :)

07-16-2014, 10:44 PM
Thanks so much guys :exdee: Now that it's summer and I have a break, I have lost most of my motivation to draw. But I plan to draw something tomorrow to help me focus on my book, so stay tuned as something might pop up! :D

07-16-2014, 10:59 PM
I really like all of these!

07-17-2014, 01:35 PM
For some reason the sketches of heads alone remind me of the Ivalice art. I think you should (head or more) get more into drawing as that speaks for real talent. Granted, I like certain Japanese styles more but no one can say this is not good. I would like to see more of you in the future.

07-17-2014, 02:21 PM
As promised, here's a couple drawings. This was a lot more frustrating than I expected and so these aren't as large-scale as I'd hoped. I may still draw more.

First off, another Griff, who I think turned our alright:

And here's Daniel. Now this one I don't like as much. I've drawn him before and think it turned out better back then. Plus, why is it so hard to draw older people :( He's supposed to look around sixty.


07-17-2014, 07:29 PM
And I did draw more! Here's another character from that D&D campaign:


Myria - an Aasimar Blackguard. She's subversive because Aasimar are usually good-aligned, but she's a blackguard, therefore evil :exdee:

07-17-2014, 07:32 PM
Your drawings look great :up:

07-17-2014, 10:28 PM
More! More!

Here's Gerda the paladin


Adler the ranger


Myahlee the rogue


09-06-2014, 06:39 PM
It's been a while, people :D But today I have SOMETHING!

It's been forever since I've inked something. I mean, I draw in ink a lot anyway, but today was the first time in a while that I sat down, drew a sketch and filled it with ink. I cheated a bit, because I used my usual fountain pen instead of my trusty G-nib (for some reason, it just felt incredibly uncomfortable today), but I'm pretty satisfied with the end result. So here's Griff for you guys!

(He's in flight, by the way :p)


09-06-2014, 06:40 PM
Wow that looks amazing!

09-06-2014, 07:29 PM
Thank you so much :D

It was pretty time-consuming and now I notice some defects. The shading on the right leg is off, so it doesn't really look the way it's supposed to I guess. I could've done a better job on the jacket too, but considering this particular aspect was a first for me, I'm satisfied :)

09-08-2014, 07:37 PM
Today I sat down to another inking job. I give you Daniel. He took me about two hours...


09-09-2014, 01:18 AM
Wow that looks really great, good job!

Ace Protorney
09-09-2014, 03:40 AM
Wow. That looks really good, Fynn! Though I do have one criticism to make. His arm. Particularly the one where he's holding onto the back of his neck. That position looks very awkward. Please note that you should have the forearm positioned behind the upper arm, not in front like it appears in your drawing.

09-09-2014, 03:45 AM
Please note that you should have the forearm positioned behind the upper arm, not in front like it appears in your drawing.

His lower arm part must come before the upper part. How much depends on the angle but the inner elbow always shows at least a bit that the lower part is not positioned behind the upper part. The problem in the picture might be the length of the arm or at least that it may seem too long.

09-09-2014, 06:22 AM
Yes. I too have noticed the arm is all kinda of wrong. But I noticed that too late :monster: Proportions are terrible for me. The worst thing is, I use things that should help me with this (pictures, figures) and I see what must be done and I try, but I just can't. I guess I just need way more practice with that. It's only recently that I started doing these full-body shots, so I hope that, in time, with enough practice, I can make some progress.

09-19-2014, 06:18 PM
I got this new app on the 3DS called Comic Workshop. It's super cool - it lets you draw your own comics and whatnot. It has loads of useful tools. I've decided to try it out. Fynn's first terrible digital drawing! :D


09-19-2014, 06:58 PM
Awesome :D

09-24-2014, 08:11 AM
Another digital attempt!


09-25-2014, 08:45 PM
I like his eyes

10-23-2014, 03:54 PM
So I've been playing around with Pokemon Art Academy for some time now and I really love the tools there, so I decided to use it to show you another one of my characters from my novel.


This is Mike. He's supposed to be Asian-looking, as he's got a mixed Asian-European heritage, but I don't know if I am skilled enough to make that come through. Anyhoo, this character is one that I had the hardest time nailing down a consistent look. And here it is, and I like it quite a lot. My technique could still use some work, though :P

10-23-2014, 04:23 PM
Looking good, Fynn :up:

10-29-2014, 10:48 AM
Some more school doodles today! Today's theme is my "Road to Eden" series. It's a set of stories with shifting protagonists and there's supposed to be 12 of them overall. Here's Jamie, the protagonist of the second chapter:


So he's this chubby British 40-something office worker. He's generally well meaning but very passive in many aspects, often blaming others for his misfortunes, even though they mostly stem from his own negligence. Needless to say, he can get very frustrated. I'm pretty satisfied with the design :)

And here's the rest. I drew 10 out of 12. I do my best to give them more racial variety, so we have two black characters, one Asian, and a couple mixed race. The other two will definitely be non-white, but they're still not really settled in my brain. I have some ideas, but technically those two characters don't exist yet :exdee:


Pete for President
10-31-2014, 11:32 PM
That's some good face drawing practice Fynn! Something I should do more often, thanks for setting the example :)

11-01-2014, 03:19 AM
I like Ellie the most :D

11-02-2014, 05:39 PM
I went crazy and wrote another Eden chapter, then I got to drawing and the newest protagonist got the spotlight :D

Here's Chance!



His hair is supposed to be a dark brown, but I left it lighter to make the exact style clear. I think I'll do a full body colored pic soon. For some reason, I'm just totally in love with this design :exdee:

11-05-2014, 02:27 PM
So I did an updated group shot of the "Path to Eden" characters. Redesigned some characters and changed some names, on top of adding the two missing protagonists. Oh, and also, I did this in that cutesy style I like to do sometimes :3:


For all those interested, the story itself can now be viewed in Timber Maniacs HQ :)

12-03-2014, 09:02 AM
Focused on four Eden characters during class yesterday. What do you think? I feel that I may be getting better at line weighting.


12-18-2014, 12:48 PM
I did some doodles of my halforc character, Victor. The more I draw him, the more I like him. He's definitely one of my favorite designs from the ones I draw. This designed has changed substantially over the years, so you guys can't really see the progress that I made with him. So, he is a halforc who is a barbarian, but also has a very meek and sweet personality, so the main problem was making him look both really fierce and ridiculously adorable at the same time. Regardless of my skills, I really hope that comes through quite well. I'm satisfied with how his face looks, but I'm still open to suggestions on how to change it ;) Now, his huge body is another thing... Any tips on drawing big guys? He always turns out pretty weird looking whenever I try to do a full-body pic :shobon:






EDIT: Noticed that some of these close-ups are a bit too blurry on the PC, so here are some clearer shots.




Ace Protorney
12-24-2014, 07:31 PM
I just want to say that I really like how you have a wide variety of characters from your doodles. Very expressive as well. Keep at it!

12-25-2014, 05:37 AM
Thank you very much! I'll do my best :)

01-06-2015, 12:25 PM
One of the most amazing gifts I got for Christmas this year was a set of 24 alcohol-based markers and 72 color pencils, and they're both really good quality! And since I am the very definition of an eager beaver, instead of trying to learn coloring step-by-step, like I should, I went all out and tried out starlet's wonderful tutorial on coloring with not markers and pencils (see here (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/156760-TUTORIAL-How-to-Color-Mixed-Media)).


What do you guys think? I realize there's still a lot of work ahead, but I think this went quite well for a coloring exercise. Any feedback and tips are welcome!

Ace Protorney
01-06-2015, 03:19 PM
The coloring looks great Fynn!

Pete for President
01-06-2015, 11:09 PM
That's some awesome colouring and shading!

Rin Heartilly
01-15-2015, 07:39 PM
Your characters are really expressive! I also love the colouring as well! Awesome stuff!

Rocket Edge
01-16-2015, 12:51 AM
I adore the colouring! Great job!

01-17-2015, 07:28 AM
The coloring is beautiful.

01-18-2015, 09:43 PM
Exams are coming up, AGAIN, so naturally, I doodle constantly. This time I was drawing characters from my light story called Crosswords, which you can read here (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/159966-Crosswords), if you're so inclined (people tell me it's amusing, but I don't trust them. That ToriJ is pretty crazy). So here's some doodlings.

Here's four characters, chibi-fied:


Here's some eyes:


More cutesy little mugs:


Here's Ian. I'm pretty sure he's drunk on the first pic:


And some Freddie. I'm actually gonna do a thing using Freddie today!


Since a lot of you guys told me that you consider my style really cute, I'm gonna give you a little tutorial on how I doodle a more cartoonish version of his face.


Just so you proper artists don't get a heart attack, I mean that this is just the way I doodle on things. If I were to draw a proper drawing, Id start with a sketch, like a normal person. That said, here's how it works usually!

I start off by drawing the jaw outline and the ears. I use my regular fountain pen, nothing fancy. I love it because you can draw lines that are really thick, but also very smooth with it. Alright, so Mr. Federico Vargas has quite a broad jaw. When going for more cartoony styles, I really like to exaggerate how much wider his face is on the lower part. I also try to avoid curvy lines in this case - a jagged look is what I want here. His ears should be pretty big - he's always had them and has developed quite a complex because of them. Ian finds them charming, however ;)


Next up, I add some little details to the ears and draw the eyes and eyebrows. Freddie's parents both come from Argentina, so, like a lot of people there, he has black hair and quite small, dark brown eyes. I give him really thick eyebrows, so he looks a bit intimidating, kinda like he's always pissed at something, even though he's actually a pretty sweet guy (who is also a terrible pottymouth).


Now, I move on to the nose. Freddie's got a big, wide nose, so I add a couple more lines to the base, so it's perfectly visible later on when I add the beard. After that, I add the lips. I want him to have this kind of cocky smirk. I draw them as one line, usually separated in the middle, and then I add the lower lip, which can usually be skipped, but it turns out really helpful when drawing bearded characters.


Time for the hair outline! I wanted to give him kind of a fauxhawk, so there's no hair on his face. I start by drawing the forehead line, and then move on to the general outline using slightly curved, bold lines.


Now seems like a good time to draw the neck! In general, Freddie's pretty athletic, but he's not heavy, so while his neck will be rather narrow, I always draw him with pretty visible neck muscles. Also, his voice is a bit on the deep side, so I try to make his Adam's apple a bit more prominent.


Now is the time to get started on the beard! Freddie's beard is much thicker than Ian's so I want to draw the individual lines closer together. And yes, I draw individual lines - I find that it later looks more natural and fuzzy than if I'd draw an outline first and then just full it in. Freddie's beard goes all the way up to his cheeks (for a fuzzier effect, I also make sure to go out of the jawline I drew at the beginning), and then just a bit above the left cheek there's about three stray hairs. I then proceed to simply fill out his hair with black along with any patches of white on the beard that I consider off-looking.


Now, all that's left is some finishing touches! Freddie wears glasses sometimes, but only when he works, so I'm drawing him without glasses today. He usually wears black t-shirts. He always has a chain with a cross on it around his neck, but you usually can't see it. I'm gonna add the t-shirt, just so he doesn't look naked ;)


Hope you guys enjoyed this! Let me know if you ever want more of these ;)

01-19-2015, 03:10 PM
Wow that's so cool :D

01-19-2015, 03:27 PM
I love your style. teach me more of your wayyyssss

01-21-2015, 08:42 PM
Since the last tutorial proved pretty popular, I'll do another one! This time I'll do an Ian doodle and show you some more things I do with the fountain pen.

As with Freddie, I'm starting with the face outline. Unlike Freddie for whose jaw was wide and angular, Ian is pretty chubby, so I'm using more curved lines, so that the face looks fuller and rounder.


Now come the eyes. Ian has a pair of large, baby blue eyes, although the thick glasses he wears usually distort them a bit. I draw the eyes in such a way that they make him seem really kind - Ian's just a really warm kind of guy. I don't fill them out - I just draw the irises and a tiny hint of a pupil within. I then add the eyebrows. Ian's aren's as thick, but they're pretty fuzzy looking. To achieve that effect, I use plenty of short jagged lines. They're quite high up, to make Ian look that much more approachable. I'll add thin hair lines later on.


Now come the glasses! Thick, rectangular, solid-looking glasses, just to make him look a bit nerdy. They really add a lot to the expressiveness of his face.


Next up - the nose and lips. Like I mentioned before, I want Ian to look kind and warm, dare I say cute? So, in order to achieve that, I use a lot of smooth, curvy lines. His big round potato nose is a perfect example of that. Add to that a wide, welcoming smile, and you got yourself a face.


Now it's time for the hair. Ian takes real good care of his hair, so they're pretty stylized. I doubt you'd see someone with hair like that in real life :exdee: For now I'll just draw the bangs and move on to the top part later.


Now it's beardy time. The steps are identical to how I did Freddie's, but even though both have thick, full beards, there's a notable difference between them. Freddie's was shorter and thicker, thus I used very small pen strokes to achieve that brittle effect. Ian's beard is more... I wanna say 'fluffy', and I guess that sums it up. The hair is just a tiny bit sparser and longer, and you can tell it's soft to the touch. So, for Ian, I use fewer pen strokes, but make sure they're longer.


Time for the shirt and neck! Since Ian is much less athletic than Freddie, his neck muscles will be much less prominent, though I still try to keep his neck quite wide, since he's pretty chubby. He wears a plaid button-up shirt with a t-shirt under that. When designing him, at some point I decided to give him these wooden beads, just to give a little hipster twist to his look ;)


Finishing up the top of the hair. Ian's hair is mid-length and pretty wavy. Also, part of it is slicked back, parting it into kind of three smaller sections. I leave the lowest part for last so that I can make sure the hair and shirt collar align just the way I want them to.


Now here's the new bit! I need to add some thin lines for the hair and the plaid pattern. How do I do that? Well, I just flip the pen around, drawing with the other end of the tip. It's weird and I don't recommend it for more serious projects, but it does the trick for simple doodles ;)


So, to finish the drawing up, I add the lines to the hair and the plaid pattern (which is a nightmare to draw, so I'm gonna half-ass it this time. I'll save my strength for a proper drawing), and here he is! Ian McCoy in doodle form.


01-21-2015, 09:12 PM
I love your eyebrows. I've always neglected them but you're showing me how important they are to help with the entire theme of the characters.

TALK TO ME ABOUT NOSES. I always end up drawing the same type of nose for my characters. I'm not sure how people figure out how to do more eccentric noses and it look good.

Do you find the grid paper helps with shaping? I often have an issue with proportions.


01-21-2015, 09:25 PM
I love your eyebrows. I've always neglected them but you're showing me how important they are to help with the entire theme of the characters.

TALK TO ME ABOUT NOSES. I always end up drawing the same type of nose for my characters. I'm not sure how people figure out how to do more eccentric noses and it look good.

Do you find the grid paper helps with shaping? I often have an issue with proportions.

I never thought about the grid paper helping, since I just used whatever I was using for class, but I guess yeah, there might actually be something to it. It does make faces somewhat easier to manage.

When it comes to noses, all I can tell you is keep experimenting, see what works.I also had that problem and although I can make some distinct noses, I also keep to a couple set patterns mostly. I always try to find ways to minimize lines, so that the facial features become a bit more light. So I guess that's my main tip - try to find shapes that feel and look right, and then try to reduce the lines a bit, see if that helps you achieve a more desire able look.

And yes, eyebrows are super important. As you may have noticed, a lot of my characters have really thick eyebrows. Not only can you arrange them differently for more expressions, but their shape alone can really influence how you perceive a given character. Like with noses - I advise you to keep experimenting with eyebrows ;)

01-21-2015, 09:31 PM
I like your tutorials :jess:

01-21-2015, 10:11 PM
I tried to not so much follow his exact tutorial the other day but his style, btw other eoffers, this is how it turned out.


It's Bones McCoy from Star Trek. I showed fynn and he suggested to post it here. I really liked the step by step he goes through and it clicked a bit better in my head thanks to that. Mine is still not nearly as cute and polished as Fynns but I do enjoy the style!

01-22-2015, 01:11 AM
I tried to not so much follow his exact tutorial the other day but his style, btw other eoffers, this is how it turned out.


It's Bones McCoy from Star Trek. I showed fynn and he suggested to post it here. I really liked the step by step he goes through and it clicked a bit better in my head thanks to that. Mine is still not nearly as cute and polished as Fynns but I do enjoy the style!

cool pic Mrs freya i hope you and Fynn continuo to draw great pictures

01-22-2015, 06:48 AM
I tried to not so much follow his exact tutorial the other day but his style, btw other eoffers, this is how it turned out.


It's Bones McCoy from Star Trek. I showed fynn and he suggested to post it here. I really liked the step by step he goes through and it clicked a bit better in my head thanks to that. Mine is still not nearly as cute and polished as Fynns but I do enjoy the style!

Don't sell yourself short ;) He turned out really cute, and IMO the best part is that, despite the stylized look you gave him, you can still clearly see who it is! And that's really something :D

01-24-2015, 06:30 PM
So here's something I've been dying to do for a long time but lacked the capacity - a group picture of the Crosswords gang. I'm not that satisfied since it's still far away from my vision, and I still suck at coloring with pencils only, but I'm still glad I finally got them together (and got to pracitce their alternative outfits :p ). So what do you think?


Oh, and the characters are (from left to right): Jess, Leo, Ian, Freddie, Brandi, Martin and Mia. Let me know what you think of each and the group as a whole, if you'd be so kind :monster:

02-17-2015, 02:27 PM
So I've recently written another chapter of Crosswords. To make it easier for my tumblr followers to remember the characters, I drew full color portraits of them all. Also, at some point I started to have a color coded for each of them, I don't even know why.

So first comes Leo, the narrator/main protagonist. His color is green. I wanted him to look youthful and boyish, kind of naive, even. i know this image may clash for some of my readers, since I never gave a proper description of him, but this is at least how I see him :monster:


Next up is Jess. Her color is white. She's kind of spunky and assertive, though the look I gave her was intended more Zoey Deschanel-ish. I still can't do even bangs right, but what the hay, practice makes perfect, amirite?


Next comes Ian, whose color is sky blue. I've already talked at length about the intricacies of his design. He's a bit of a cloudcuckoolander, but the main idea behind his look is that he's supposed to be nice and warm. And yes, that is a Triforce on his t-shirt. Don't get me started on the plaid shirt...


Freddie's coded color is magenta, mostly because I once had this dream where a weird voice said that magenta is the manliest color :roll2 Still, as Ian's partner, he's supposed to be a kind of a foil to him, being more grounded in reality, but at the same time, even though he swears and looks like a tough guy, he's just as sweet.


Up next is Brandi whose color is a deep, dark purple. Feminine, tough and collected are the main traits I had in mind when designing her. I wanted her to look like someone who remains calm at any situation, but at the same time is a person who is really open and earnest with friends. She's also meant to look pretty similar to Leo, since they're related, albeit distantly.


Here's Mia in yellow. She's one of my personal favorite designs! I designed her as someone of a mixed Caucasian/East-Asian heritage, and I wanted her to look really headstrong, as she's the character that is most likely to remain patient and keep striving to achieve her goal no matter how much she fails. I hope she looks (and turns out in the story!) as driven as I want her to be.


Last comes Martin. For some reason, I coded him with my personal favorite color - Indigo. He's supposed to come off as someone very cold and distant, with a hint of quite a crazy sense of humor underneath. For some reason, he turned out looking like one of my real life friends :shifty:


02-17-2015, 08:33 PM
I like it. I never associated the Crosswords characters with any particular images, they were always just kinda names for me, so seeing them drawn is pretty nice.

Pete for President
02-22-2015, 06:34 PM
Those are all really well done Fynn. I like how distinct and different they all are.

02-26-2015, 02:57 PM
So my mind has recently been flirting with this idea of a visual novel. I've put some basic character sketches in the quick sketch thread, so now I'll post some more refined character portrait doodles :D

The story would take place in Hawaii and would be a slice of life/mystery hybrid (for now at least). I was thinking of a choice between a male and female protagonist. Here's the male protagonist, Kenta.


Here's another character, Dakota. A possible love interest to the female protagonist, Naomi. He would play a much larger role in her route. I see him as this alluring surfer dude. I think he might be fun someday. He accidentally looks very similar to Kenta. Might make the brothers.


02-26-2015, 03:03 PM
Looks good. They look kind of similar actually

02-27-2015, 12:03 AM
I do approve of your idea :D

They look quite similar, yeah. Although the facial expressions give them two rather distinct auras.

02-28-2015, 05:39 PM
These are all incredibly well done, and super creative designs and great tutorials. :) I like the Eden and Crosswords ensembles a lot. Marvelous digital colouring too. It takes a lot to make the shades when colouring a drawn image in. I know that from past experiences. :lol: Still, you've some beautiful and handsome fellows and furries on here. :) I look forward to seeing more of your astonishing creations, Fynn! Great work! :thumbsup:

03-01-2015, 12:06 PM
Here's another character, Geoff. I conceived him as the main protahonists's best friend since childhood, regardless of the chosen gender. He's also a potential love interest for either gender. Either way, whether it's Kenta or Naomi, Geoff loves them (either platonically or romantically) and will remain a staunch ally no matter what happens. At least, that's the way I see it now. His hair is red, by the way, with green eyes, while Kenta and Dakota were both black-haired and brown-eyed.


Pete for President
03-01-2015, 06:27 PM
I like how you seem to draw this on any bit of paper you have in front of you. Is that a medical book?

03-01-2015, 06:37 PM
I like how you seem to draw this on any bit of paper you have in front of you. Is that a medical book?
I have medical translations this semester. So yes :p

03-03-2015, 03:21 PM
So! I think I finally have all the main characters for that visual novel idea. Not all the characters are drawn quite as nicely as the previous three, but I did my best while doodling at school. If you count Kenta and Naomi as one, there's seven characters. And because I have a weird relationship with colors, each of them has a different color of the rainbow assigned to them :P

Also, the personalities you'll see now are just what I made up while drawing the characters, so if I ever manage to make the game (which is very unlikely), these characters may change substantially.

RED: Kenta/Naomi


So they're basically one person. The male and female protagonist have essentially the same personality in my eyes. I chose the color red for them because they are a warm person, very open to others, and also a little impulsive. Gryffindors, if you will :P I also made it a point to make sure none of them is white, so Kenta is of Japanese descent, while Naomi is black, even if you can't see that here.



Dakota's friend, another surfer. I chose the color orange for him mostly due to his connection with the sunset. He's full of passion and romance, living life seeking constant excitement. He's like this wild flame whose enthusiasm is super contagious. Although he's kind of a player that can't really commit, he is a romance option for Naomi. I think it might turn out interesting that way.



I wanted to make her a cute, endearing yet shy chubby girl. I don't really have much of an idea for a story for her. Yellow is her color because despite being shy, once she opens up she has a very sunny personality. Always optimistic and happy, that's what I had in mind for her. A romantic option for Kenta.

GREEN: Geoff


So I've already talked about Geoff. His color is green because he is the childhood friend of the protagonist. Green feels like home. Geoff won't give up on you, no matter what. As he would be romanceable by both Kenta and Naomi, he is the only gay option if you choose Kenta.

BLUE: Dakota


Like with Geoff, I've already covered Dakota. I'll just add some details. His color is blue due to his connection to the sea. He's kind of a foil to Koa, in that he too is a surfer, but he's a bit more reserved, much more cool and collected. Hes like the blue oni to Koa's red oni. He's also a bit of a deadpan snarker. He's the default love interest for Naomi.

INDIGO: Laylah


Here's the default love interest for Kenta. Like Dakota, she has a very big role in the main story. On the surface, she's nice and outgoing, but there is a lot she is hiding, and for good reason. Her color is indigo because I associate it with the night sky, which is beautiful to look at but also holds all these secrets that make you feel really tiny if you think about it. I also want the night sky to play a big metaphorical role in the story. I'm gonna need some really good illustrator for that :|



Brash and outgoing on the surface, Kiana is very sensitive, but really hates to admit it. I guess she's kind of a tsundere? But Id rather avoid such typing. She's in a band, but she's actually very well-versed in the sciences. She's basically the smart guy of the group. Also, she's romanceable by both genders, making her the only gay option for Naomi.

03-09-2015, 12:10 PM
Drew Griff yesterday. Not exactly satisfied, since I know I fucked up the proportions again, but I'm glad I drew something more than a face.


03-09-2015, 03:44 PM
Very nicely done yet again. :D I really adore the female portraits very much. Many beautiful and charming art designs here. I like Griff having different coloured eyes. Uniqueness hands down. Keep them up, Fynn! Great work! :)

03-26-2015, 03:52 PM
Doodled a bit in class today. Some of these are old, though.

Here's Griff.




Here's Daniel, his monster-bashing buddy.




Next up we have Sergei, the St. Petersburg-based professor from my Path to Eden novel.



Finally, did some full-body shots of the Crosswords dudes.




I'm also posting this hasty scribble. I wanted to draw Ian giving Freddie a piggy-back ride, but the proportions are really messed up here. I lack the capacity to draw this, but I still wanted to see them in this configuration, so here you go.


Hey, with Sergei, Ian and Freddie, that's all my gays in one post! :exdee:

03-29-2015, 07:58 PM
I got Colors! 3D on my 3DS today and decided to comemorate it by drawing a digital drawing of Ian!


04-15-2015, 04:15 PM
Experimenting some more with color's 3d lately. Here's a chibi Angela and a Freddie that's supposed to be kinda like a fanservice'y pinup thing? I mean, how else do you explain the suit and bare feet together? Don't worry, other characters willk get a similar treatment :D



04-15-2015, 04:22 PM
The colouring is great

04-15-2015, 04:23 PM
Now that I look at it on such a big screen, I think I overdid it with the airbrush :/

05-13-2015, 03:24 PM
I'm insanely busy lately, but I managed to doodle Ian with a manbun in class. He looks weird :shifty:


05-20-2015, 03:16 PM
I think this is my most satisfying quick sketch of Freddie yet.


05-20-2015, 03:31 PM

05-20-2015, 03:49 PM
Ian turned out pretty nicely too. I also drew the other Crosswords characters, but I wasn't quite so satisfied with them.


05-21-2015, 08:02 AM
And here's my recent accomplishment with pokemon Art Academy!


05-21-2015, 03:07 PM
Wow that looks awesome

07-18-2015, 11:14 AM
I've decided to post all these up here. These are the portraits I prepared for all the characters people are playing in the RP. Some of them have used them as their avatars!


07-18-2015, 03:33 PM
They do look pretty awesome :love:

07-18-2015, 08:58 PM
Ooh it was you who drew those? I didn't know! They look really good!

08-04-2015, 04:23 AM
Didn't know these wound up in your thread here too.

They really are well done, and I appreciate all the hard work!

Pete for President
08-08-2015, 09:41 AM
Really digging the mexican-skull-man!

08-23-2015, 02:47 PM
So here's a WIP. I've decided to return to my Evie and Chuck characters, with Chuck receiving a pretty drastic redesign. The lineart is ready, and I intend to color it when I have more time.


Here's some more doodles of Chuck's new style.





Compared to what he used to look like



I don't care that he's a photographer who can't see because of my aesthetic choices. I think he looks cooler now.

02-11-2016, 08:19 PM
It has been a while but today I purchased a tiny sketchbook, so I can doodle again, yay! :love:

Behold Sergei


Sergei is one of the main protagonists of the Path to Eden novel I'm working on. He's a Russian university professor, who is intelligent, cunning, and passionate in all that he does. His drive in the story is the search for truth. He is also gay and in a relationship with a former student.

02-11-2016, 08:24 PM
Gay and Russian? Things will turn out well for him then. :ohdear:

02-11-2016, 08:25 PM
Gay and Russian? Things will turn out well for him then. :ohdear:

It's actually a sci-fi story that takes place in around 2050.

This combination of traits was very much deliberate

02-11-2016, 08:26 PM
Gay and Russian? Things will turn out well for him then. :ohdear:

It's actually a sci-fi story that takes place in around 2050.

This combination of traits was very much deliberate

I'd call something set in 2050 to be more of a near future story, but it's all semantics, really.

02-11-2016, 08:30 PM
Trust me. When you see the subject, there'll be no doubt it's sci fi :p

04-09-2016, 05:35 PM
So I went back to make corrections to my thesis and found this old doodle of Griff and I think it's pretty cute ;)